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Hot Water Music / The Lawrence Arms: live in Sayrevillelive in Sayreville (2008)
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Train-hopping three different rail lines was nothing compared to the distances some had traveled to see Hot Water Music play their reunion performance in Sayreville, NJ. Living a modest 1:58 away out on Long Island paled albino-like contrasted against the I-95s and 400s traversed by road warriors we.
Train-hopping three different rail lines was nothing compared to the distances some had traveled to see Hot Water Music play their reunion performance in Sayreville, NJ. Living a modest 1:58 away out on Long Island paled albino-like contrasted against the I-95s and 400s traversed by road warriors wearier than I. Props.
I'll admit the band was oddly heavy on the Epitaph era as they alternated tracks from Caution and A Flight and a Crash their first five songs -- and this comes from someone who hails Caution as their best album and prefers the Epitaph to No Idea (/Doghouse/Some) era. Well, maybe I'm just cranky because they leaned most heavily on my least favorite of the Epitaph era (A Flight and a Crash had 7 songs here, No Division being the runner-up at 5); the underrated (at least, IMO) The New What Next only beared 2 selections, and they weren't even standouts on the album! (Those would go to "Poison," "The End of the Line," "There Are Already Roses," "Keep It Together," "The Ebb and Flow" and "Bottomless Seas." But that's a discussion for another time.)
Still, just about every classic from their back catalog was rocked, and even though the Epitaph songs kept a steady stream of fans busting their gut and flailing about, those numbers like "Rooftops" and "It's Hard to Know" had the entire venue in a chorus. Fans packed out every corner of the Starland floor; speckled with five o'clock shadows and perspectives practically a mile away, even the rear room patrons were still clenching eyes and shouting along in pleasurable glory.
About those aforementioned flailers: The pits did get to be over-the-top obnoxious in some instances; maybe it was Kelly in the aforementioned incident, maybe not, but some sort of fight actually did break out during "Choked and Separated" and the band immediately quit playing (inadvertently bringing the title to life, perhaps). One of the band members (Wollard?) ensured they wouldn't go on until things were settled; once they were, they picked up from the bridge and finished out the song. From my vantage point, I couldn't quite see what exactly was happening, but I'm sure we'll get eyewitness accounts.
Alcohol-fueled overzealousness aside, Hot Water Music delivered just what we all hoped for (again, despite some oddly imbalanced album dependences). The performance was clearly sincere and spot-on, and they even managed to bring along perfect openers to whet our appetites.
[You can find an album-by-album breakdown below as well]
Set list (9:57-11:08):
Forever and Counting: 2
No Division: 5
A Flight and a Crash: 7
'Til the Wheels Fall Off / Moonpies for Misfits: 2
The New What Next: 2
All photos by Jason Bergman
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